Rubber Tire Recycling and Disposal

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Handbook of Environmental Engineering: Solid Waste Engineering and Management: Volume 3


Waste management is an important indicator for creating sustainable and livable cities, but it remains a challenge for many countries around the world. Millions of rubber tire waste pollute the environment due to improper disposal methods, creating a global environmental crisis. The number of rubber tire waste piles continues to grow, posing greater environmental, safety, and aesthetic issues due to a lack of clear disposal options. This chapter gives a general overview of rubber tire waste recycling and disposal worldwide. A brief history of natural and synthetic rubber and global rubber production and consumption was first discussed. Next, various rubber tire recycling and disposal technologies were elaborated. This is followed by discussing the issues involved in recycling and disposal.